One of the first things I googled about liver transplants after having mine was scars. I wanted to know how long it would take to heal and fade and not look so dreadfully hideous and bright red and gross.
The photos were very few and far between. Possibly because most people who have a liver transplant are somewhat older and either not blogging or not all that keen on flashing photos of their stomaches for the world to see. Luckily, I have no such qualms. Which is odd, because I certainly can't picture walking around in a bikini any time soon. Here however, it has a more medical aim. I want to have a photo up for someone like me, who is still at the bikini point of their lives and who ends up with a big scar and is completely vain and googles it straight away. Just to show them that it does heal relatively quickly.
I've certainly helped it along with Bio Oil, Vitamin E oil and Dermatix, especially to begin with but over the last month or so I've been a bit slack with applying it. To begin with I was applying it twice a day most days. Then after a few months I went to once a day, in the evening and just moisturising it in the morning with Aveeno moisturiser which I use on my whole body after showering anyhow.
I found the vitamin E oil and the dermatix really really sticky and they didn't dry for ages, which was fine if you are just sitting around at home and it's Summer so you can just sit around in your knickers but if it's Winter or you have to go out, it was ruining my clothes. The bio oil is a lot lighter and soaks in faster but you still need to leave your top off for a while as it soaks into the fabric very quickly. Which is why I went to just night time applications and have been wearing old daggy pyjammie tops which now all have a very lovely oil stripe down the middle.
It's hard to tell you the effectivitity of each of the three products I applied because I interchanged them all. The dermatix is quite expensive, $60 for a tube that is about the size of your little finger. The vitamin E oil I bought was in a little bottle about the same size and only $15 or so. Bio oil is not too badly priced, I got a big bottle and I'm not even a third of the way through it. The big bottle was about $40 or $50.
Now obviously everyone scars differently, but it is still nice to know that six months down the track, your scar could look like this. In fact it could even look better than this, as I've seen one guy in my liver gym class who is one month ahead of me and his scar looked like mine does now at the four month mark. And he is not the type who would have been applying expensive creams and oils to it twice a day.
|My scar now, at 6 months and 1 week old.|
|My scar at 3 weeks and 4 days old. The staples had only just come out a few days ago.|
So, there you have it. I'm interested to see what it looks like at the nine month point and the one year mark. I'm glad I've taken photos along the way because I can't see the difference without looking at the photos. Before taking this one and looking at the old one I knew it had faded a bit but had forgotten just how red it used to look. I have hope though. In that photo above of the scar in its new form, you can see my appendix scar. It is on the left side of the photo, about 3/4 of a centimetre above my knickers. It starts about in line with the drain hole mark and goes across about two or three centimetres in the photo, on a slight angle following my knicker line. Can you see it? I can, just, but only because I know where to look. Admittedly, that scar is 11 years old, but it's a good sign for the future!